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Two bands join in a project that's worthwhile glamorous, profound and approachable. CLOUDLAND CANYON is the child project of modern-sound electronic aficionados Kip Ulhorn and Simon Wojan, while Robert Lowe, an important and charismatic musician of the mildly similar modern time and twist, is the man behind the project called LICHENS, one a favourably obscure and acid features. Given the duo's American-German osmosis and Lowe's Chicago flair, this new and combined collaboration would obviously be a multi-national one, despite all three musicians meeting in the US, a couple of years ago, and forming, consequently, the bond. Instead of this detail, the different culture in music that the two sides embrace individually does not ruin the finesse of working on a solid common ground: one that generally involves the velocity or the profoundness of electronic music, ambient surround and a psychedelically smudged concept. Exterminating Angel is their first referenced creation, considered a 30-minutes EP, still showing much deeper signs than a simple and sorrow sketching experiment would usually be made of. There's a strange mention about a science fiction epic film (unmade so far) which to request or contain a mix of "alien music" performances by several bands, including this one; again though, this collaboration's project has an aster complexity and takes on a refreshing, if dark and minimal, electronic contemporary belief.

CLOUDLAND CANYON worked with several guests or collaborated with a few other artists, before inviting Robert Lowe as well, and already has a good and healthy number of music years as activity. Their solo career includes mini-albums like "Silver Tongue Sisyphus" or modern foggy/ethereal experiments, but their fullest accomplishment till now is the full session Requiems Der Natur 2002-2004", full of electronic and pale krautrock imitations, modern deluxe expressions or psychedelic-pilled difficult conceptuality. Robert LOWE is, instead, better known as bassist and singer in 90 Day Man, a band of a punk-electro approach at best, while his projects have definitely chosen a better synthesis of sound-guitars, electronic-powered keyboards and common vocals. His collaboration with different artists has made the project have delicate or alternating directions, still solo efforts like The Psychic Nature Of Being (which is most recommendable and reachable) are his moments of overdub-less improvisations, live and studio compositions, reflexiv...
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3.98 | 3 ratings

Exterminating Angel
Cloudland Canyon/Lichens Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt
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4 stars I suppose this Cloudland Canyon/Lichens "Exterminating Angel", 2007 release striked it big in the PA's P/E curators minds as to open a whole Cloudland Canyon/Lichens archive for this EP collaboration. (Lichens, by the way has his own solo discography). I myself would have set it alongside the other already archived collaborator "Cloudland Canyon", but this is just a suggestion.

Anyway to where it matters the music! This project blends the Cloudland's 60's hippie touch/Bay area school's electro/acoustics with Lichens unconventional and darker electronic ones, adding up for an almost perfect blend between both idioms.

A one track EP, which could actually be divided into 4 detectable compositions which account for their own structure and instrumentation, thus making for a quiet surprising ride. This collaboration is balanced yet both musical worlds are detected as single entities or as two, nice!

Haunting, surprising and exciting. As it runs each section seems to outdo the previous one. Kind of raw here and there but the music composition, different sections and its inherent EP's briefness (31:48) saves the day entirely.

****4 PA stars.

 Exterminating Angel by CLOUDLAND CANYON/LICHENS album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2007
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Exterminating Angel
Cloudland Canyon/Lichens Progressive Electronic

Review by philippe
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4 stars This mysterious contemporary american musical collective released what I consider to be among the best 2007 albums. Esterminating Angel is a spacey-resonant electronic epic for organic immersive lo-fi drones, various bass minimal textures and intense, emotional ambient melodies. The first seven minutes provide a deep sounding electronic run with a few electric hypno-noises (in the genre of Maeror Tri at their darkest dreamy-like momente), heavily mystical. From 7:00 to the end of the first part, the atmosphere becomes more and more environmental and positively evocative with a serie of minimal strates / superpositions of piano, electric bass lines, covered by transcend synth waves (in the genre of Tangerine Dream at the beginning of the Virgin era or Cluster's Sowiesoso). The second part sounds more mechanical / metallic with a certain post rock aesthetism (Neu! 2), buzzing synth tones, e-guitar freakouts. Not a revolution but an amazing musical travel throw time and space. Recommended for fans of Berlin electronic, abstract industrial music and post rock. I'm curious to hear what the band has to offer after this convincing debut album.
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